Taylor Hollingsworth

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Taylor Hollingsworth
Born (1980-05-11) May 11, 1980 (age 38)
OriginBirmingham, Alabama, United States
GenresSinger-Songwriter, Rock, Punk, Psychobilly
Occupation(s)Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter
Years active2002-present
LabelsTeam Love Records, Fat Possum Records, Skybucket Records, Mass Music, Brash
Associated actsConor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
The Dexateens
Maria Taylor
Monsieur Jeffrey Evans and his Southern Ace's
WebsiteTaylor Hollingsworth

Taylor Hollingsworth is a guitarist, singer/songwriter and artist from Birmingham, Alabama. Hollingsworth is also member of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Dead Fingers, and has toured with Conor Oberst, Maria Taylor,[1] The Dexateens, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans and his Southern Ace's[2] and Verbena.[3]


Hollingsworth purchased his first guitar at age 14, shortly after his father passed away. After starting and playing in a variety of bands including Verbena and The Dexateens,[4] he began gaining notoriety in 2002 with the now-defunct Taylor and the Puffs.[5] "Taylor and the Puffs" released Skybucket Records' first band recording You Know That Summer's Comin' in 2003.[6]

In 2005, Hollingsworth released Tragic City, a "gritty sludge-fest of a record,"[7] "recalling everyone from Alice Cooper to Dinosaur Jr. ... to T. Rex and early Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers."[8]

Bad Little Kitty was released on July 29, 2008. The album was later nominated in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for "College Record Label Album of the year" in 2009.[9][10]

Hollingsworth was among several musicians, including Nik Freitas, Jason Boesel, Macey Taylor, and Nate Walcott to travel to Tepoztlán, Mexico in 2007 to contribute to Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst's new solo recordings.[11] Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band released 3 records during their 2007-2010 run, with Hollingsworth contributing several original songs[12] as well as cover of "Central City" from his album, Bad Little Kitty[13] that was rerecorded for the band's 2012 release One of My Kind.

Life with a Slow Ear came out on Oberst's Team Love Records label in November 2009. Paste called the album, which was recorded with Andy LeMaster, "a scrappy, bare-bones production formed out of a love for honest, straightforward rock 'n roll."[14]

Dead Fingers, a duo with wife Kate Taylor, released their first album in 2012 on Fat Possum Records,[15] earning them praise as "the first couple of new Alabama music."[16] As part of their best bands in all 50 states project, Paste Magazine named them one of 12 bands you should know from Alabama for tracks like "Ring Around Saturn" and "Hold on To" that "will bring to mind the collaboration between John Prine and Iris Dement."[17]

SDX (or "Sweet Dog Experience") is a two piece consisting of Hollingsworth and Craig "Sweetdog" Pickering.[18] They released Pawn and Gun, recorded by Memphis Punk Rock n' Roll Legend, Jack Oblivion in 2013 on Team Love Records.[19]

Dead Fingers released their sophomore album "Big Black Dog" in 2014.[20] The video for "Shoom Doom Babba Labba" premiered on USA Today Sept. 3, 2014.[21]

Hollingsworth rejoined The Dexateens in 2015[22] opening for the Drive-by Truckers[23] and the Alabama Shakes.[24]

Hollingsworth recently toured with Conor Oberst throughout the U.S. and Europe playing in his backing band with members of The Felice Brothers in support of Oberst's recent release, Saluations.[25] On May 11, 2017, they played Oberst's "Too Late to Fixate" on The Late Late Show with James Corden[26] featuring former Beatles collaborator and Traveling Wilburys drummer, Jim Keltner on drums.[27]

He is married to Maria Taylor's sister, singer-songwriter Kate Taylor.[28] They had their first child together, a daughter, in 2012.[29] Hollingsworth's photo, shot by Robert M. Knight[30] hangs on the front of a Guitar Center in Jackson, Mississippi and Florida.[31]


Hollingsworth is also a mixed media artist who has shown his work at Birmingham's "Magic City Art Connection," an annual juried outdoor art show and festival,[32] Artwalk, Moss Rock Festival, and Rojo.[33] At the 2017 "Magic City Art Connection," Hollingsworth was invited to teach an interactive children's "junk art sculpture" class.[34]



  • Taylor and the Puffs - You Know That Summer's Comin (2003, Skybucket Records)
  • Taylor and the Puffs - On White Out EP (2003, Skybucket Records)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Shoot Me, Shoot Me Heaven EP (2005, Brash Music)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Tragic City (2006, Brash Music)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Bad Little Kitty (2008, Mass Music)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Life With A Slow Ear (2008, Team Love Records)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Where To Go, How To Get There, And What You Should Know In Advance (2011, Catapult)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Knifer (2016, Lo-fi, Lo-life)

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TV Performances[edit]


  1. ^ I've gone on 4 tours with her, 3 U.S. and 1 in Europe http://bhamterminal.com/timetable/2008/07/28/taylor-hollingsworth-checks-in/
  2. ^ http://www.team-love.com/artists/taylor-hollingsworth/
  3. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/12/best-of-whats-next-taylor-hollingsworth.html
  4. ^ http://neufutur.com/2008/07/taylor-hollingsworth-releasing-bad-little-kitty-on-july-29th/
  5. ^ http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20080905/a-change-of-pace-for-taylor-hollingsworth
  6. ^ http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/02/skybucket_records_travis_morga.html
  7. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/review/taylor_hollingsworth_tragic_city/
  8. ^ http://www.bullz-eye.com/cdreviews/2redrocker/taylor_hollingsworth-tragic_city.htm
  9. ^ http://independentmusicawards.com/artist/past-ima-programs/
  10. ^ http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=44444
  11. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/12/best-of-whats-next-taylor-hollingsworth.html
  12. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/12/best-of-whats-next-taylor-hollingsworth.html
  13. ^ http://mangonebula.blogspot.com/2009/05/concert-review-conor-oberst-and-mystic.html
  14. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/12/best-of-whats-next-taylor-hollingsworth.html
  15. ^ http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/03/dead_fingers_birmingham_bottle.html
  16. ^ http://modmobilian.com/2012/03/southsounds-preview-dead-fingers-birmingham/
  17. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/05/12-alabama-bands-you-should-listen-to-now.html
  18. ^ http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/07/craig_sweetdog_pickering_taylo.html
  19. ^ http://www.team-love.com/artists/sdx/
  20. ^ https://glidemagazine.com/120916/dead-fingers-big-black-dog-album-review/
  21. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/popcandy/2014/09/03/dead-fingers-shoom-doom/15006181/
  22. ^ http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/08/the_dexateens_trying_to_surviv.html
  23. ^ https://glidemagazine.com/154540/drive/
  24. ^ https://alabamashakes.shop.redstarmerch.com/product/AZAP16/the-dexateens-majestico-tour-poster
  25. ^ http://www.conoroberst.com/september-october-tour-dates/
  26. ^ http://www.conoroberst.com/too-late-to-fixate-late-late-show/
  27. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/05/conor-oberst-performs-too-late-to-fixate-on-james-corden-watch/
  28. ^ http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/03/dead_fingers_birmingham_bottle.html
  29. ^ http://thenashvillebridge.com/2012/06/26/dead-fingers-at-the-basement/
  30. ^ http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/taylor-hollingsworth/3218470
  31. ^ https://secretstages2011.sched.com/event/2kt9/taylor-hollingsworth-solo
  32. ^ https://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Magic_City_Art_Connection
  33. ^ http://www.todayinbirmingham.com/taylor-hollingsworth-art-opening/
  34. ^ http://www.magiccityart.com/workshops/imagination-festival/
  35. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=CnucDgAAQBAJ&pg=PA328&lpg=PA328&dq=%22dead+fingers%22+taylor+hollingsworth+spin&source=bl&ots=djzTTLRf-7&sig=91asEr3G2Hlf8SFFqbsklWoFir0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAhPvGg7nWAhWGKGMKHVcrDqgQ6AEIQTAE#v=onepage&q=%22dead%20fingers%22%20taylor%20hollingsworth%20spin&f=false
  36. ^ https://thenashvillebridge.com/tag/taylor-hollingsworth/
  37. ^ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ToPqoGG2MiLRLQ71JhdknJT31tjMVAw
  38. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2139843/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd
  39. ^ https://idobi.com/video/conor-oberst-and-the-mystic-valley-band-the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-get-well-cards/
  40. ^ https://idobi.com/video/conor-oberst-and-the-mystic-valley-band-late-late-show-with-craig-ferguson-moab/
  41. ^ https://www.stereogum.com/35161/conor_oberst_gives_conan_nicorette/video/
  42. ^ http://idobi.com/video/conor-oberst-and-the-mystic-valley-band-late-late-show-with-craig-ferguson-cape-canaveral/274928470/
  43. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/post/107837-conor-oberst-and-the-mystic-valley-band-spoiled-live-on-david-letter/
  44. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/05/conor-oberst-performs-too-late-to-fixate-on-james-corden-watch/

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